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Fed. Circ. Says Trademark 'Use' Needs More Than Advertising

The Federal Circuit on Monday sided with Walt Disney Co. in its bid to cancel a man’s trademark registration on the name “Playdom,” issuing a precedential ruling that said a service mark is only “used” in commerce when the service has actually been rendered — not when it’s merely been advertised.

  • BREAKING: Calif. High Court Reverses CEQA Exemption Decision

    The California Supreme Court on Monday said that a Bay Area developer could use an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act to avoid undertaking an environmental impact report for a proposed 10,000-square-foot home in Berkeley, overturning an appeals court ruling that denied the exemption and could have broadened the reach of CEQA.

  • High Court To Weigh Conspiracy In Police Kickback Scheme

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from a Baltimore police officer convicted for his role in a kickback scheme, who argues that in order to sustain a conspiracy charge, the government must allege the conspirators agreed to obtain property from someone outside the conspiracy.

  • High Court Won't Hear Wellpoint Premium-Hike Class Action

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a proposed class action accusing Wellpoint Inc. of orchestrating an illegal plot to shave unhealthy policyholders from its rolls and force them to reapply for coverage with higher premiums after its 2001 merger with Rightchoice Managed Care Inc.

  • DLA Piper Set To Enter Canada With Davis LLP Merger

    DLA Piper LLP will finally break into the Canadian legal marketplace this April, with the firm announcing Monday that it has entered an agreement to merge with Vancouver-based Davis LLP, just one year after its failed bid to merge with now-shuttered Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie LLP.

  • Simpson, De Brauw, Skadden Lead $12B NXP-Freescale Deal

    NXP Semiconductors NV is paying $11.8 billion to acquire private equity-backed Freescale Semiconductor Ltd., according to the companies, which had counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, in an announcement late in the day on Sunday.